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Medical Staff

Samantha L. Backhaus, Ph.D.

Samantha L. Backhaus, Ph.D. is a Clinical Neuropsychologist at the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana’s comprehensive outpatient brain injury Neuro Rehab Center. Her primary focus is working with adults who have acquired brain injuries, both providing neuropsychological assessments and formulating appropriate interdisciplinary treatment plans in assisting individuals reintegrate back to the community. Her passion is working with families as well, with the overall goal of the survivor achieving positive long-term outcome following brain injury. Dr. Backhaus developed a 16-week treatment intervention, the Brain Injury Coping Skills Group (BICS) that won the 2009 McDowell Award for Best Presentation presented by the American Society for Neurorehabilitation. She has completed several RTCs with publication on studies investigating this treatment and won one of the Healthcare Heroes of the Year in her community in 2001 for her work in neurorehabilitation. She is asked to teach this intervention to clinicians throughout the rehabilitation field, both nationally and internationally. She also developed a Peer Mentoring Program for brain injury survivors and family members, as well as chairs a support group called Bridging the Gap, specifically designed to meet the needs of families and caregivers in addition to survivors of BI. Currently, Dr. Backhaus is the primary investigator in developing a new program, in collaboration with other professionals, on improving marital quality and satisfaction after brain injury. This intervention will ultimately be manualized. Her primary interests include assisting individuals with brain injury to achieve better adaptation, social integration, perception of quality and satisfaction with life, and community and / or vocational reintegration on a long-term basis.

Angela Carbone, MD RHI Medical Director and Medical Director of Neuromuscular Program

Angela Carbone, MD joined IU School of Medicine in 2000 as a Clinical Assistant Professor for the Indiana University School of Medicine Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.  She is affiliated with several hospitals in the Indianapolis area including Eskenazi Health and St. Vincent’s Hospital.  She joined the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana as a staff physiatrist September 2004. She is currently serving as the Medical Director and Director of Stroke Rehabilitation at RHI. 

Dr. Carbone received her undergraduate degree from Indiana University, Bloomington, Doctor of Medicine degree from Indiana University School of Medicine, and completed residency training at Northwestern University Medical School, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. She is a board certified specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Her special interests include neurologic and neuromuscular rehabilitation, as well as cancer and palliative rehabilitation. She has expertise in the rehabilitation of stroke, spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury, and the non-surgical treatment of low back and neck injuries and other musculoskeletal injuries involving the upper and lower extremities.

Dr. Carbone is an active member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Association of Academic Physiatrists. She has received numerous awards, authored several manuscripts and publication articles, and serves on various hospital committees.

Recently, she has become involved with a global health group to help bring up to date stroke rehabilitation to Lima, Peru.  She feels extremely blessed to be part of such a dynamic group of highly intelligent and motivated professionals that are committed to helping developing countries care for their loved ones and improve functional outcomes and lessen burden of care.

When she is not at work, she is busy helping to raise her four children with her husband, Joe.  Her family enjoys boating, hiking, Notre Dame football and IU basketball.  She is an avid reader with special interest in historical fiction.  She loves all types of music.   

Julie Chow, MD
Gregory Correll, Ph.D.

Gregory Correll, Ph.D. joined RHI November 2001 as an independent allied health staff member specializing in rehabilitation psychology. Dr. Correll areas of special interest include pain management/industrial rehabilitation, anxiety and depressive disorders, general rehabilitation psychology, and post traumatic stress disorder. Dr. Correll also has a private practice in McCordsville. He received his undergraduate degree from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, and Clinical and Counseling Psychology degrees from Ball State University, Muncie, IN, and completed an internship at the Veterans Administration Medical Center, Milwaukee, WI. Dr. Correll has participated in research studies, and is a Clinical Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at Indiana University School of Medicine.

Shashank Davé, DO

Shashank Davé, DO joined Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana as a physiatrist November 2005. He is currently the Outpatient Physician Liaison for Indiana University School of Medicine Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at RHI, and a Clinical Professor for the Indiana University School of Medicine Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Davé received his undergraduate degree from Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Midwestern University/Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, Downers Grove, Illinois, and completed residency training at Loyola University Medical Center in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He is board certified in both Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Pain Medicine. Dr. Davé’s clinical interests include musculoskeletal medicine, fluoroscopic interventional pain procedures, and electromylogram (EMG) testing. Dr. Davé’s research interests include botulinum toxin, spasticity, and sports medicine. He has authored numerous manuscripts & book chapters and edited a book on Sports Medicine.

Mason Goodman, MD President of RHI Medical Staff

Mason Goodman, M.D.- joined RHI as a consulting physician July 1992, being one of the initial consulting physicians specializing in Internal and Pulmonary medicine. He currently provides Inpatient and Outpatient services for Pulmonary Medicine. Dr. Goodman received his undergraduate degree and from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN and Doctor of Medicine degree from Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN. He completed residency training at Parkland Hospital, Dallas, TX, Fellowships at National Jewish Hospital and Research Center, Denver, CO, University of Colorado Medical Center, Denver, CO, Royal Brompton Hospital, London, England, and Methodist Hospital Graduate Medical Center, Indianapolis, IN. Dr. Goodman is board certified with the American Board in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease, and Allergy & Immunology. He is active throughout the Indianapolis community, and maintains private practices in Indianapolis and Lafayette, Indiana.

Flora Hammond, MD Chief of Medical Affairs

Flora Hammond, MD is Professor and Chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Indiana University School of Medicine and Chief of Medical Affairs at the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana. From 1995-2009, she worked at Carolinas Rehabilitation in Charlotte, North Carolina where she served as the Brain Injury Medical Director and Research Director.

Dr. Hammond graduated from medical school at Tulane University School of Medicine and completed her residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Baylor College of Medicine. She completed a brain injury medicine fellowship at Wayne State University School of Medicine.

Her research in the area of brain injury includes studying the prediction of outcome, aging with brain injury, causes of and treatments for irritability, and quality of relationships. Since 1998 she has been serving as the Principal Investigator and Director of the Carolinas Traumatic Brain Injury Model System grant funded by the National Institute on Disability Rehabilitation and Research. She also serves as principal investigator of several other Federally-funded research grants including a multicenter study from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research to study the use of Amantadine to treat irritability and aggression in individuals with chronic brain injury.

Dr. Hammond has 16 years of experience in rehabilitation care, research, and administration earning her a reputation for her success in these areas. She has received awards for her work including the Association of Academic Physiatrists 2001 Young Academician Award, Carolinas HealthCare 2006 Record Breaker Award for excellence in grant funding, Carolinas HealthCare 2009 Pinnacle Award nomination, Brain Injury Association of America 2011 William Field Caveness Award for national and international research impacting brain injury care, and voted among Best Doctors in America (2009 – 2010, 2010 – 2011, 2011 – 2012).

Kris Homb, MD
Bradley Hufford, Ph.D.

Bradley Hufford, Ph.D. joined RHI March 2004 as an independent allied health staff member specializing in neuropsychology for inpatient rehabilitation. Areas of interest include neuropsychological testing, individual and group psychotherapy, behavioral interventions, and providing family/patient education about neurological injuries. Dr. Hufford received his undergraduate degree from Butler University, Indianapolis, IN, Master of Science and Doctorate degrees from Purdue School of Science, Indianapolis, IN. He has participated in several research studies, and authored and co-authored numerous publications and presentations.

Summer Ibarra, PhD

Summer Ibarra, PhD is a Rehabilitation Psychologist at the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana’s comprehensive outpatient brain injury NeuroRehabilitation Center. She received her doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from Ball State University and completed her internship in Clinical Psychology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Her clinical time is divided between the departments of Rehabilitation Neuropsychology and Resource Facilitation. Her role in the department of Rehabilitation Neuropsychology includes neuropsychological assessment and intervention for individuals affected by brain injury, including individual, family and group psychoeducational and psychotherapy services. As part of the Resource Facilitation department, Dr. Ibarra serves as the Associate Director and clinical supervisor for staff working with individuals with brain injuries that are working toward achieving their vocational goals. In addition to these clinical and administrative duties, Dr. Ibarra is also heavily involved in research activities including serving as co-investigator on several grant-funded studies and projects. She is co-developer and co-author, with Dr. Samantha Backhaus, of the evidence-based manaulized group intervention, titled Brain Injury Coping Skills (BICS) Group. She is an active member of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, has authored several referred publications, and has presented numerous times to national and international audiences on topics related to brain injury rehabilitation.

To review clinical research articles published by Dr. Ibarra, click on the link: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Summer+Ibarra

Sheryl Katta-Charles, MD

Sheryl Katta-Charles, M.D. joined IU Health Physicians and IU School of Medicine Department of PM&R Faculty July 2015, after completing residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan/Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. She received her medical doctorate degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada, West Indies and her undergraduate degrees in Biology and Psychology from University of Illinois at Chicago. She enjoys caring for patients requiring neurorehabilitaiton as well as general orthopedic rehabilitation. When she is not working, Dr. Charles enjoys running, travelling, watching movies with her husband, and playing with her new baby girl.

Kyle Littell, MD

Kyle Littell, MD joined Indiana University School of Medicine Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation as a Clinical Assistant Professor and the team at the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana in 2016. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with his undergraduate degree in Biophysics at Southern Adventist University in Tennessee. He then completed his MD at Loma Linda University School of Medicine in California. He then completed a transitional year in San Bernardino, CA at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, and completed residency at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. His special interests include transplant rehab, amputee, brain injury, stroke, and general rehab for complex medical patients. He is also enthusiastic about teaching residents and students on his service and participating in educational committees to help grow the minds of future physicians. Outside of work he enjoys 4×4 Jeeping, mountain biking, movies, and spending time with family. His wife, Heidi, is a speech therapist, and they have 1 son that is keeping them both young.

Olivia Park, MD
Kelly Paul, MD

Kelly Paul, MD joined Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana as a physiatrist July 2008. Dr. Paul currently sees patients in the Outpatient Physician Clinics at RHI.

Whitney Pratt, MD
Lance E. Trexler, Ph.D. Executive Director, Rehab Neuropsychology

Dr. Trexler is the Director, Department of Rehabilitation Neuropsychology, Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana, Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of PM&R, Indiana University School of Medicine, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Speech and Hearing Sciences at Indiana University, and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychological Sciences at Purdue University. He is Chair, Board of Directors, Brain Injury Association of Indiana and is Chair, Board of Directors for the Indiana Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Fund, and Co-Chairs the Indiana Brain Injury Leadership Board. He is a clinical neuropsychologist by training and has been specialized in brain injury rehabilitation since 1982. His research has been focused on interventions for people with brain injury, including pharmacological, rehabilitative and social interventions. Dr. Trexler is an author on over thirty peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters.